Cookies with lard and anise
In Spanish-speaking countries under the name of Bizcochito are served very different kinds of puff pastry or biscuits. In New Mexico though Bizcochito or Biscochito has a very special significance because an anise shortbread under this name was declared in 1989 to be the official «state cookie». There is no official recipe though – but most sources agree, however, that the New Mexico Bizcochito is made with lard and flavored with anise. Of course, the cookies can be done with butter – but the lard really gives the Bizcochito a special flavor. Bizcochitos can be cut into various forms – but of course, cactus and turtle go particularly well with the adventures that Hektor Maille had to experience in Santa Fe.
More about the travel adventure of Secret Agent Hektor Maille:
On the road from Denver to Los Angeles Hektor Maille sees himself featuring in a variety of heroic tales, which superimpose his own story like projections. This, of course, does not prevent him from sampling the cuisines of the regions through which he travels – nor from falling in love with a few specialties from New Mexico:
First Publication: 8-3-2011
Modifications: 21-3-2011, 21-6-2011, 16-11-2011, 19-12-2011